Monday, September 5, 2011

Possible Book Covers

(This post will be "pinned" for the foreseeable future. Any new posts will appear below.)

Here are two book covers I've been working on for Stalking Shadows. Once I settle on one, I will likely work on redoing the website to reflect the cover. Tell me which one you like and any suggestions you may have. I'm not sure about the font, but haven't found one that I like better. You can leave a comment or click on the poll on the sidebar. Thanks!



Because I'm obsessive, here are two updated versions of the book covers. Not a lot of changes, but I think they're better.

ETA: 5/15/11

Pinky had an interesting suggestion. She wondered what the orange cover would look like if done in blue. I messed around with the settings and came up with this. Sort of like it, though I feel like it's missing something, but felt that way about the original orange too. Sadly, I can't edit the poll to add this one as an option. If you like it, please leave a comment!

61 comments :

Anonymous said...

I just read the two books in scary mary, I loved them, can you please tell me how I can get signed copys of the two Books? And is there going to be any more and when for that Seris?

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi anon, send me an email sahunter(at)sahunter.net

Scary Mary is the only one in print at the moment. I have not put Stalking Shadows in print yet, but I'd be happy to arrange a way to get a signed copy of Scary Mary to you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you I sent you an email. your great. please dont stop writing thanks
crystal

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Crystal,

I'm so glad you left a comment saying you emailed me because my idiot email sent your message to junk, and since my email's forwarded, I would never have seen it.

I just sent you an email and hope you receive it. :-)

Anonymous said...

Sent you my address with my pay pal money. and never heard back = (

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Crystal,

I didn't get any email from you and nothing has appeared on Paypal. Could you check again? I checked my spam folder again and nothing's there.

S.A. Hunter said...

Sorry this is such a hassle. Didn't expect you to go through so much trouble.

Anonymous said...

Is there a way to get Stalking Shadows in electric format for the Nook? There are so many great reviews and I would really love to read it, but I am not able to always be in front of the computer to read it online. My email addy is jflaschmid@yahoo.com

Thank you so much!! :o)

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi anon,

The ebook edition is coming but not ready yet. The book covers above are in preparation for that, but I'm still editing the text. I don't know when it will be avaiable on B&N's website. I'll save your email and let you know when it goes up at Smashwords at least. Smashwords handles the uploading to B&N, and I'm at their mercy for when that happens.

Anya said...

Fantastic job so far. I read every word of your book and gave you a good review on B&N, as many others did as well. Your writing flows wonderfully and makes for an easy and very interesting read. I definitely got into the characters and am anxiously awaiting Stalking Shadows :)

Anya said...

Well brace yourself for a sickeningly girlish squeal of delight ... "SQUEEEEEEEEE!" just saw that Stalking Shadows is over there --> and while I normally prefer to read using my nook ... cannot wait. :)

S.A. Hunter said...

Anya,

Aww, I'm so glad you liked Scary Mary! I hope Stalking Shadows meets your expectations. Fair warning, the text may be a little rough. I am working on an edit offline and will post it to the website when I publish the ebook.

Thanks!

Pinky said...

Hi there,

I just wanted to say that I like the bottom orange cover. I think it is clearer than the top one, not as dark. I like the orange one better than the blue because I think it goes better with the title, the way it shows the shadow of the title and the shadow of the hand.

I would like to see the orange cover artwork done in the blue. I just like blue better than orange, lol Great work, you have a real talent! Can't wait to see it up at Smashwords!

Pinky

Cameron McKeth said...

I really like the bottom blue cover. It has more contrast and will show up better as a thumbnail on Amazon.

S.A. Hunter said...

Pinky, look! I did what you suggested, and it does look nice.

Thanks, Cameron. Thought amping the contrast would help too.

The votes are pretty neck and neck. Come on, give me a clear winner!

Pinky said...

I LOVE IT!!! I vote for the new blue one! I love the color, contrast and the shadowing looks great! I say run with it!

Pinky

moon said...

hello S.A. Hunter!!! i'm your fan from the philippines. i really love scary mary and stalking shadows as well...i hope there will be a third book about mary!!! ^____^

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi moon! So happy to hear that you enjoyed both stories. I am working on the 3rd. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as the first two. Thanks for leaving me a comment. :-)

me said...

I loved the first book, loved the second as well and I cant wait to fall in love again with the third!!! :)(: And u said to comment if I like the orange cover in blue and I am commenting that I really like that one! :) Keep up the good work. Us freaks appreciate the kind comments as well as the positive attributes. :)(: And please keep us posted when the third one is coming out. :)(:
- ty

JENSPAL said...

I like the new version of the cover that Pinky suggested. You mentioned you thought it was missing something. Can you do a shadow of a hospital bed and an IV bag on it's stand right behind/above your name, as if it were in the distance? Eager to have this one on my NOOK so I can read it when I can't get to my laptop. I'm on chapter 4 and loving it!

S.A. Hunter said...

Ty, I'm glad you liked Scary Mary. Thanks for telling me you like the blue shadow hand cover. I'm leaning toward that one as my favorite too. I will definitely keep everyone updated on the next book. I'm around 12,000 words into it now. Got a long way to go still.

Jenspal, thanks for the suggestion. A hospital bed would be spooky.

Anonymous said...

I love the bottom blue cover, the one that used to be orange. Will this be on Smashwords when it comes out? I'm reading it in the browser on my eReader now, but the browser scrolls really poorly...

And will there be a third book? Please?

Anonymous said...

Me again. I just saw the progress bar for book three up there on the right. Never mind. Please don't let me keep you from your writing. :-p

katie said...

I like this cover the best! I read Scary Mary in 2 days! I don't read much but I love it! where can I read the next one!?

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anon,

I'm hoping to have Stalking Shadows out for ereaders in a couple of months. I trying to improve the story.

Hi Katie,

A rough draft of the next story is online linked to on the sidebar. It's called Stalking Shadows. I'm so happy you enjoyed Scary Mary.

Mary U. said...

Thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books! Are there more? I like the orange shadow cover design better in orange than blue, but overall I think any color would work. I like that design better. But I've not paid attention to dates so all this could be three years old.

Thank you so much for sharing the books so openly. I look forward to many more. I would also enjoy reading about Tavik & Naomi's adventures together.

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Mary, I'm still taking comments on the covers. Thanks for the input. Editting SS is harder than I expected.

Pinky said...

Hi,

Let me know when you put your book up on Smashwords and I'll feature you on my Blog! I still vote for the Blue Cover from 05/15/2011.

Pinky
http://pinkyspub.blogspot.com/

cmstodghill said...

I love this series I hope you are able to devlope this into somethings really big.I read alot on average 5 books a week.I came a cross this as a freebie on amazon and am so glad i got it.I hope poor kyle gets to step up and be the support mary needs.I think kyle is searching for a purpose in life and may be mary is it.

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Pinky. I'll definitely let you know.

Cmstodghill, thank you for the thoughtful remarks. Kyle has become a surprisingly endearing character.

Jackie said...

Great job! Keep up the good work hope to see more of your books. Love mary in a few more would be great!

Lauren said...

Hi, I like the orange one in blue a bit better than in orange. The thing I don't like with the blue hand one, is the hand looks off... It doesn't look right. I've only read Unicorn Bait and I loved it! I can't wait to read Scary Mary. I was wondering if you'd thought of doing a sequel to Unicorn Bait. I'm curious to know what kinds of mischief Naomi gets into, and if they have any kids. Maybe take Tavik back to earth with her to meet her parents and what happens when he's on Earth. Can't wait to read more of your work. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Lauren

Cary K said...

I like the newest blue one! I was wishing the orange one was in blue when I first got to it, and when I scrolled down there it was! Nice job pinky. Ms. Hunter, scary Mary was fabulous. i couldnt put it down! Read it all in one day easy. I can't wait for stalking shadows! I'll have to read the other books by you, apparently unicorn bait is also a good one from what ppl above have said! I read the Morganville vampire series as well. Yay! Thanks for a great read. Hope it doesn't take too much longer for stalking shadows to come out :P. Sincerely, Cary K :)

S.A. Hunter said...

I can see the finish line with my final edit of SS. I hope to have it done in late August. I will be charging .99 for it. I know that will upset some readers, but I will leave the rough draft up which is still basically the same story.

I will write a sequel to Unicorn Bait. I hadn't planned to originally but with so many requests I have to do it. I don't know when it will come out. I may try to get a jump start on it by working on it for Nanowrimo which is appropriate because that's how I started UB. I will continue to work on Long Dead as well.

Thank you all for your kind words and support!

mom2superkids said...

Just finished Scary Mary and loved it. Looking forward to SS as soon as it comes out for Nook. Personally .99 is a great price for a story worth reading. Keep up the writing and I will keep reading.

Mom2superkids

Ps. Prefer the last blue cover. Gives a clear picture with eerie tone.

Pinky said...

Okay, it looks like I win, we all like the blue cover! Nice job by the way :)

Pinky :)

S.A. Hunter said...

Pinky you are the winner! Thank you so much for the suggestion. Mom, thanks for the vote. As of right now I will use the blue cover.

Deborah P said...

Hello SA,

I just finished your first two books in the Scary Mary series and anxiously await the third! Is there any way to get signed copies of the books? Please keep up the good work!!

S.A. Hunter said...

HI Deborah,

Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed Scary Mary and Stalking Shadows. Unfortunately, I do not have print editions of any of the books available. I did have one for Scary Mary at one time, but the edition was rife with mistakes (more than the online ebook), and I could not edit the book without shelling out more money than I was comfortable with. Maybe one day I'll offer print copies, but right now, I don't have the resources to make that possible. Sorry!

Mitoria said...

Please please please please please please write another one of the Scary Mary books PLEASE I love them. I could not put my Nook down, I love it so much I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning reading it .PLEASE write another one. Will you consider it? Please? I just have 1,000,000,000 questions that have yet to be answered!

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Mitoria,

I plan to publish another Scary Mary book later this year. The working title is Long Dead. I'm so glad you enjoyed Scary Mary and Stalking Shadows!

Anonymous said...

I love the Scary Mary books and can not wait for the third, I enjoyed both just the same, these have to be my favourite ghost books ever written EVER. You are a fantastic writer your characters live really well in my imagination. There is nothing missed in these books everything is ended and then you are left with a open ending for another book - I am hoping that Mary and Karl hit it off and Vicky and Cy leave her alone now! I really want to see Mary get a little bit of happiness I think she deserves it after all the hard work she has been putting in. I was so sad to read Chowder had passed on the little dog was a great addition to the plot! keep up the story's can not wait to read the third!! Thanks Sami xxx

S.A. Hunter said...

Sami,

Thank you so much. I want Mary to be happy, too. Big stuff is on the horizon for her in this next book. I just need to buckle down and WRITE IT. I wish I could just download my brain. Put a litte memory stick in a slot in the back on my head and bing, story uploaded. :-)

Anonymous said...

Please find a way to bring Chowder back!

S.A. Hunter said...

Aw, I have to admit the idea has occured to me. It could happen! Though it won't be in the next book. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

i got a kindle for christmas and was lucky enough to find your scary mary books which i couldnt put down and read both in less than a week, i cant wait for the next one im hooked, i even cried when chowder died!! brilliant books i haven't enjoyed a book this much since i discovered james patterson's alex cross :) xx

Emma Rimron said...

Please say you are planning on writing a 3rd book in the scary mary series. I'm hooked on them

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Emma and (I think) Melly,

I am working on a third Scary Mary book. Its working title is Long Dead. I don't know when it will be out because I am currently working on the sequel to my fantasy novel Unicorn Bait. The title of that upcoming book is Dragon Prey. Sorry for not having a definitive date for Long Dead. I'm a spare time writer at the moment. I have to steal time when I can to work on my writing. I am stealing all the time I can though. Housework be damned.

sashascene lolita said...

I just wanted to say that I really love scary Mary and stalking shadows!!! <3

Anonymous said...

Hi. Loved your books. Makes me yearn for more.Book cover-- how about two red eyes somewhere on the blue cover?

I will await more books by you.

S.A. Hunter said...

Thank you, Sashascene Lolita. Very kind of you to say.

Hi Anon,

I've been thinking about redoing Stalking Shadow's cover. I may contact my cover designer for Scary Mary and ask her if she can whip something up. I hope to go full throttle writing Long Dead, the third book soon. I'm in the process of editing Dragon Prey, which is a sequel to my fantasy novel Unicorn Bait. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey I thought the blue one with the shadow hand was cool and if you think something is missing try to go with your original theme and also think about what the book is about and go form there. Plus it would be cool to have like red eyes like the shadowman's.
P.s.
How philosophical was that one piece about the Bourbon Bahama and I'm only 15! Both books were awesome and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one. Also want to know about kyle and Mary<3

Anonymous said...

Sorry I wrote blurb not Bourbon Bahama. Stupid
auto correct haha

S.A. Hunter said...

Wow, auto correct can be super random. (Glad you clarified!) I'm working on the third book. There will be a lot of Kyle and Mary. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Hi i was wondering when book 3 would be coming out. I have read book 1 and 2 over the last three days and cant wait for the third :D

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anon,

I expect to have third book published in July 2013. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I seriously am in love with these books! Could you please tell me when the third one is coming out for the Kindle? Also, is this going to be the last book, or will there be more in the series? I really need to know!

- i<3books

PS: Love the new book cover!

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi i<3books,

I'm making final edits on the third book now and am going to send it to a proofreader in a few days. I'm afraid that I'm going to be pushing publication to the end of the month. I'm working on it, but there is a lot of work and not much time. I'm scheduled to work with a cover designer on July 18th. I have no plans for the series to end. I have ideas for the next book, and hope am working on them in the back of my mind.

Thanks!

S.A. Hunter said...

Oops, that last bit got a little garbled. I hope to work on the next book in a few months. I have some ideas that I'm developing, but it's on the back burner for the moment.

Anonymous said...

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book! Could you please do a cover reveal? And is the 3rd book almost finished? What's the title? I have so many questions that I need to be answered!

-Bookworm

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Bookworm,

I've commissioned someone to do the cover for Broken Spirits. It should be inline with the other covers, but I didn't feel up to the task of designing the cover myself this time. She has just begun working on it. Once it's done, I will excitedly show everyone!

I'm still madly working on it. I have someone proofing the first two thirds even as I edit the last third. I'm doing everything I can to have this done by the end of the month. Thanks!